Netscape 6 Released

Tuesday November 14th, 2000

Netscape 6 has been released. You can download the installer here.

#101 I'm impressed!

by eric

Wednesday November 15th, 2000 8:25 AM

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After a bit of hassle trying to download Netscape 6 final with PR3 (the Netscape server timed out several times), and after reading various doom and gloom posts on here, I was expecting the worst. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I will admit that some sites don't work due to their use of MS- or old Netscape-specific JavaScript, but that's the only problem I've found thus far. Java and so forth seem to work just great (on my Windows machine here at work), despite claims otherwise. The mailer works decently (the support for multiple accounts is great!), the composer is far better and seemingly faster than previous versions, and the theming is really cool. I haven't had it crash yet (which is far more than I can say for PR1 or PR2), and it seems very responsive. I will admit that the memory consumption (46M for just a couple of browser windows) is rather over the top, but luckily I've got memory to burn (256M) on this machine so it's not much of an issue. :) I'm still using Outlook for mail, but that's only because it has the shared calendar thingy that is our Corporate Standard[tm]. I'm also keeping IE5 on the ready in case any insurmountable bugs pop up, but so far, so good.

To summarize, my first impressions are quite good, and I will certainly recommend this browser to friends.

- Eric